Music Planet

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For this major series to accompany BBC One's 'Human Planet', Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran go trekking across the globe to bring us music from the peoples of some of the world's remotest regions, visiting many of the places featured in the TV series.

This week the focus is on the music of ocean communities.

Galicia: Galicians consider themselves Celts, linked by sea travel with peoples in Northern France, Ireland and Scotland.

Lucy Duran meets leading piper Xosé Manuel Budiño, and is invited to the village of Cebreiro for a party celebrating Celtic culture.

Papua New Guinea: Andy Kershaw goes shark fishing with Blais, the singing shark caller from Tembin Village, to the accompaniment of the villagers, who encourage them with a unique repertory of shark-calling songs.

Brazil: Lucy Duran visits the coastal city of Salvador da Bahia, the ancient capital of Camdomblé.

This is the religion that uses old African customs and languages - it's practised on the seashore looking across to Africa, and the sea and its shells are crucial to the liturgy, and its music too.

Solomon Islands: Andy Kershaw gets the gospel: the Deep Sea Canoe Movement is dedicated to keeping up continuous worship 24 hours a day on the paradise island of Malaita.

Producers: Roger Short and James Parkin.

The series accompanies and visits the same destinations as BBC One's Human Planet, a new landmark anthropological series celebrating man's remarkable ingenuity in using and adapting to his environment.

Music Planet will offer the chance to gain a deeper understanding of the cultures witnessed on BBC One's Human Planet by experiencing their music, sounds and songs.

From the jungles of Papua New Guinea to the deserts of Mali; from the heart of the Amazon to the islands of the Pacific; from the dark winter days of Greenland to the long summer nights of Arctic Norway; from the dried-up rivers of Kenya to the grasslands of Mongolia, Music Planet gives the listeners unique access to sounds from around the world, captured in high-quality sound by the BBC's top music recording engineers.

And throughout, Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran bring their own special insights to what we're hearing.

Key moments for the series include a traditional head-hunting song from New Ireland in Papua New Guinea; the mighty voice of Greenland's greatest singer; the story of the Mangue-bit movement in Recife, Brazil; yodelling in the Swiss Alps; rapping in Dubai; an Inuit throat-singing duet, recorded by the frozen Arctic Sea; and the secret songs of Burma recorded in the jungle on the border with Thailand.

Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran explore music of ocean communities around the world.

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For this major series to accompany BBC One's 'Human Planet', Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran go in search of music from some of the world's remotest, and more familiar locations, visiting many of the places featured in the TV series.

This week the focus is on the music of desert communities.

Producers: James Parkin and Roger Short.

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Dubai: Andy Kershaw meets the first Emirati singer to record an album in Urdu - a significant moment in Dubai where some 65% of the population are Sub-continent migrant workers.

He also visits the labour camps where they live, marvels at an indoor ski resort and climbs the tallest building in the world.

Plus there's a session from Desert Heat who deliver their rap in traditional Emirati dress.

Mongolia: Lucy Duran travels deep into the Gobi desert, sets up a recording studio in a ger (traditional Mongolian tent, known in Russia as a yurt) and records various styles of desert song, including the extraordinary two-tone throat singing.

Plus there are songs of Holy Mountains in one of the remostest parts of the Gobi desert, and a young artist from Ulaanbaatar who combines throat singing with beat-boxing.

Algeria: Andy Kershaw travels to the far south of Algeria and the small town of Djanet.

He marvels at the beauty of this vast desert and listens to music inspired by the Sahara.

He meets and records the Bali family and finds them mourning the recent death of their father - who drowned in the desert.

Key moments for the series include a traditional head-hunting song from New Ireland in Papua New Guinea; the mighty voice of Greenland's greatest singer; yodelling in the Swiss Alps; rapping in Cambodia; an Inuit throat-singing duet, recorded by the frozen Arctic Sea; and the secret songs of Burma recorded in the jungle on the border with Thailand.

Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran explore the music of desert communities.

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For this major series to accompany BBC One's 'Human Planet', Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran go in search of music from some of the world's remotest locations..

This week: the Arctic.

Greenland: Lucy greets the New Year with music, and hears the mighty voice of Greenland's greatest singer, Rasmus Lyberth.

Norway: Andy goes reindeer-herding under the midnight sun with Human Planet's May Torril, who also happens to be an accomplished singer in the Sami tradition of yoiking.

Canada: Inuit singer Tanya Tagaq introduces us to her village in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, and sings the intensely soulful music of the western Inuit.

Siberia: Andy meets musicians from Yakutsk, the coldest city on earth, where long winter nights are whiled away with the help of a Jew's harp.

Producers Roger Short and James Parkin.

Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran explore the music of Arctic communities.

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Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran explore music of three African cities.

In the final programme in this series to accompany BBC One's 'Human Planet', Andy Kershaw and Lucy Duran focus on the music of Cities.

Congo: Andy roams the streets of Kinshasa, where there is a thriving scene of young musicians who can't afford guitars, and instead have made amplified thumb-pianos from old car parts.

Mali: Lucy enjoys 'Dimanche a Bamako', the lively Sunday music scene of Mali's capital, and meets two musicians who are stars in Mali, but hardly known outside.

South Africa: A prison is just about as far away from the natural world as it's possible to get.

Andy visits the Central Correctional Facility in Pretoria to hear their world-class male choir.

Producers James Parkin and Roger Short.